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Book Chat: A Hundred and One Days By Åsne Seierstad

Book Chat: A Hundred and One Days By Åsne Seierstad

Åsne Seierstad is one of my favourite authors and one of my favourite people. I have never met her but her life is fascinating to me and I have read three of her books now and have really enjoyed them all. I wrote posts on the other two books: With Their Backs to the World and The Bookseller of Kabul. When I saw this one about Baghdad I got so excited (you know me and the Middle East)!

Book Chat | Iran Awakening by Shirin Ebadi

Book Chat | Iran Awakening by Shirin Ebadi

I have been interested in Iran, its politics, its culture, and its history since high school. Iran is a country that is in my top 3 places I want to visit and I spend a significant amount of time scrolling through instagram pictures of places to see in Iran. I have read a few books about real accounts of people who live in Iran and experienced the revolution. I was so excited to read this book.

Book Chat | In the Name of Honor by Mukhtar Mai

Book Chat | In the Name of Honor by Mukhtar Mai

I think it is important to read about the world. To read about places, cultures, religions, histories and people. I also think that if you want to really know more about a place you should go there and talk to someone. Sometimes though we can’t just jump on a plane and fly to places like Afghanistan or Somalia and talk to people there. Which is why books are a great alternative and source of knowledge. I enjoy picking up books…

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Book Chat | Between Two Worlds by Zainab Salbi

Book Chat | Between Two Worlds by Zainab Salbi

I have wanted to read this book for a very long time. Zainab Salbi has been someone who sparks inspiration and I have wanted to know more about her and how she came to construct the organisation Women for Women International. I had known previously. because of interviews and articles I had read, that she grew up in Iraq and was part of Saddam Hussein’s close circle. Her father was his personal airplane pilot.

Book Chat | Aquariums of Pyongyang by Kang Chol-Hwan and Pierre Rigoulot

Book Chat | Aquariums of Pyongyang by Kang Chol-Hwan and Pierre Rigoulot

Since I am living in South Korea, I decided that it would be good to educate myself on the issues that are in the society. One of those being refugees from North Korea. There is quite a number of them actually and some have written books about their experience living in the somewhat mysterious Northern neighbour. So I decided to get this book, even though on the back it said that George W. Bush read this when he wanted to…

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Book Chat | The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan

Book Chat | The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan

  On the cover, under the title The Lemon Tree, there is a little blurb that states “An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East”. I saw those words and knew that this was a book I had to read. The synopsis on the back explains that this is a novel depicting a separate and a shared history of two individuals.

Book Chat | On Palestine By Frank Barat, Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappe

Book Chat | On Palestine By Frank Barat, Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappe

  One day, while I was working at a bookstore, I was putting books away on the shelf and came across this one. I hadn’t yet read anything by or featuring Noam Chomsky and I had been meaning too. I decided that this book was something I would want to read, it is after all on Palestine. I had been there and this book was going to talk about some of the events that led to Operation Protective Edge in…

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Book Chat | The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad

Book Chat | The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad

  Åsne Seierstad is a Norwegian journalist who has reported on events in Russia and China and written books on the things she witnessed like the American bombing of Baghdad. I find her personal life fascinating, there is a little ‘about the author’ blurb inside the book and she sounds like a very interesting person who has seen a lot. I am very interested in reading her other books. In 2002, after the Taliban left Kabul. Åsne Seierstad travelled to Kabul…

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Book Chat | Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West by Benazir Bhutto

Book Chat | Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West by Benazir Bhutto

  Benazir Bhutto was Pakistan’s first (and so far only) female Prime Minister. She served two terms and worked hard to change and develop the country, with emphasis on education, especially for girls. I have yet to read her autobiography (it is in my To Be Read pile), however you do get some insight to her thoughts in this book.